The Eve of St. Agnes

Sir John Everett Millais


Physical Description

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 46 1/2 x 61 in.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1863
Note: Inscribed with monogram and date.

Production Description

Production Date: 1862-1863
Exhibition History: R.A., 1863 (no.287); R.A., 1967 (no.63)
Original Cost: £800


Current Location: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Archival History: purchased from the artist possibly by Gambart for £800; in the collection of Charles Lucas by 1865; Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

Scholarly Commentary


This work illustrates a scene in Keats's poem in which Madeline undresses by moonlight (stanza XXVI). It occurs earlier in the narrative than the version depicted by fellow Pre-Raphaelite Holman Hunt .


  • The Pre-Raphaelites, Tate 1984, 199-200 (no.122).
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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